Public Hearing Date on Tobacco-Free Pharmacies set for September 3

Written by Theresa Zubretsky on August 27, 2014
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Mark your calendars for Wednesday, September 3, 2014 @ 5:00pm and share your views on an Albany County law to end the sale of tobacco in pharmacies and stores that contain a pharmacy.Albany County Executive Dan McCoy will hold a public hearing in the Cahill Room at the Albany County Office Building, 112 State Street (announcement here). The Albany County Legislature passed the measure on August 11, but it must be approved by the County Executive to become law. If approved, the new law would go into effect on March 1, 2015 and reduce the number of tobacco retailers in Albany County by about fifty, a 15% reduction overall. 

If you are a resident of Albany County or work in an organization that serves Albany County residents, you have an opportunity to be heard. Have an opinion? September 3rd would be a good time to share it.

 


Albany County first NYS municipality to ban tobacco sales in pharmacies

Written by Theresa Zubretsky on August 12, 2014
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In a 21-17 vote last night, Albany County became the first municipality in New York State to end the sale of tobacco in pharmacies and in stores that contain a pharmacy. If approved by County Executive Dan McCoy, the new law would go into effect on March 1, 2015 and reduce the number of tobacco retailers in Albany County by about fifty, a 15% reduction overall.

Congratulations to the Albany County Legislature for taking a stand for public health!

Read more about this historic vote in the local news:

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Learn more about tobacco-free pharmacies here.


Albany County poised to vote on tobacco-free pharmacies

Written by Theresa Zubretsky on August 11, 2014
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The Albany County Legislature will be voting tonight, August 11, 2014, on a local law that would end the sale of tobacco in pharmacies and in stores that contain a pharmacy.

If you live in Albany County, let your legislator know what YOU think.

Local legislators are eager to hear from their constituents on issues that are important to them. If you live in Albany County, contact your local legislator with your view on this issue prior to tonight’s vote. Visit the Albany County Legislature website for contact information. If you’re not sure who your local legislator is, you can find out here.

You can also share your views during the public comment period which begins at 6:30 pm in the Legislative Chambers of the County Courthouse followed by the meeting at 7:00 pm.

For more information about tobacco-free pharmacies, visit the Tobacco-Free Pharmacies page of our website.

 


City of Albany votes unanimously to make city parks tobacco-free

Written by Theresa Zubretsky on August 5, 2014
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Last night in a unanimous vote, the Albany Common Council voted to make city parks 100% tobacco-free. The ordinance was championed by Council Member Dorcey Applyrs with the co-sponsorship of several other Council Members.

During discussion, Council Members were steadfast in their stated support of public health and the environment and demonstrated that commitment in a unanimous decision. Read and hear more about the vote in the local media:

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We applaud the Common Council for their commitment to public health and we look forward to working with the City of Albany in the implementation of this important public health measure.


Albany County hosts kickoff to behavioral health tobacco-free initiative

Written by Theresa Zubretsky on July 31, 2014
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Dr. Steve Giordano (pictured), Director of the Albany County Department of Mental Health addresses the crowd at a kickoff bar-b-q earlier today announcing the department’s initiative to address tobacco use among those living with mental illness.  The Department is participating in the Tri-County Behavioral Health for Tobacco-Free Living initiative, a project supported by the Center for Smoking Cessation at Seton Health and the Capital District Tobacco-Free Coalition. Congratulations to ACDMH for their leadership! What a fun and creative way to celebrate health!

Sara from the Albany County Department of Health shares health-related information.

Dogs and burgers for all! Watermelon, chips and a DJ, too. Albany County knows how to throw a party!

Molly Furey and Amanda Mulhern of the Center for Smoking Cessation are assisted by Derek in sharing cessation information.

Derek shares his story of how he quit smoking.

Michael Seserman from the American Cancer Society and the NYS Public Health Association applauds Albany County’s efforts.


City of Albany to vote on tobacco-free parks ordinance
Monday, August 4

Written by Theresa Zubretsky on July 29, 2014
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Albany Common Council Member Dorcey Applyrs has introduced a local ordinance to make city parks tobacco-free, an expansion of the current policy which limits tobacco-free areas to pools, playgrounds and sports fields. Council Members Conti, Doesschate and Kornegay have signed on in support of the proposed ordinance which is scheduled for a vote on Monday, August 4 at the regularly scheduled Common Council meeting.

If you live in the City of Albany, let your Council Member know what YOU think.

Local legislators are eager to hear from their constituents on issues that are important to them. If you live in the City of Albany, contact your Common Council representative with your view on this issue prior to Monday evening’s vote. Visit the Albany Common Council website for contact information.

You can also share your views during the public comment period at the Common Council meeting on Monday, August 4 at 7:00 at City Hall. Individuals may sign up to speak for up to five minutes by calling the Office of the City Clerk by noon on the meeting date (434-5090), or can sign up prior to the start of the meeting at City Hall.  Speakers will be called in the order they are signed up. Alternatively, you can complete a Public Comment

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